Summer Camp

Spanning 60 wooded acres in central Manitowoc County, our campus welcomes you to experience the stories of our past this summer. The Manitowoc County Historical Society offers various outdoor, historically themed exhibits and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

A variety of day camps (full and half day options) are described below. Advanced registration is required for each camp.

You can download the 2017 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION FORM.

All campers should:

  • Bring their own lunch (for all day camp sessions)

  • Wear appropriate clothing (period clothing is encouraged)

  • MUST wear close-toed shoes

  • Bring sunscreen & bug spray

 

Civil War Day (ages 6-10)

Single Day Session

Tuesday, July 11, 10 am to 3 pm

Come spend a day as a Civil War Soldier! Learn how to march and drill, build a tent, cook over the camp fire and more.

Cost is $40 for non-members, $20 for MCHS Members.

 

Little Village on the Prairie (ages 6-10)

Single Day Session

Tuesday, June 20, 10 am to 3 pm

Thursday, June 29, 10 am to 3 pm

Come and see how our early pioneers would have lived at Pinecrest! Explore the buildings that they would have lived and worked in.  Partake in pioneer chores including laundry, mowing the lawn, and baking.

Cost is $40 for non-members, $20 for MCHS Members.

 

Farm Hands (ages 6-10)

1/2 Day Session

Wednesday, June 21, 1 pm to 3:30 pm

Assist with tending to various vegetable gardens and explore the role of critters in the garden. Find out how farming has changed over the past century with hands-on techniques. Create garden-inspired snacks to share.

Cost is $20 for non-members, $10 for MCHS Members.

 

Pioneer Play (ages 6-10)

1/2 Day Session

Wednesday, June 21, 9 am to 11:30 am

Get ready to play!  Master various pioneer games including rolling hoop, ball and cup, and graces.  Make some of your own games to take home!

Cost is $20 for non-members, $10 for MCHS Members.

 

Ride the Rails (ages 6-10)

Single Day Session

Tuesday, June 27, 10 am to 3 pm

Discover the ways of travel at the turn of the 20th century. Activities include: learning railroad signals, making hobo stew, laying track on the Transcontinental Railroad, delivering mail, and more.

Cost is $40 for non-members, $20 for MCHS Members.

 

Art Camp (ages 6-14)

1/2  Day Session

Wednesday, July 12, 9 am to 11:30 am

Create exciting art projects to take home!

Cost is $20 for non-members, $10 for MCHS Members.

 

Dairy Discovery (ages 6-14)

1/2 Day Session

Wednesday, July 12, 9 am to 11:30 am

Learn about dairy traditions in Wisconsin and make your own butter, cheese, and ice cream!

Cost is $20 for non-members, $10 for MCHS Members.

 

Pinecrest Chefs (ages 11-14)

1/2 Day Session

Thursday, June 22, 1 pm to 3:30 pm

Come try your hand at cooking, like it was done during the times of Laura and Almanzo! Prepare some tasty treats over a wood stove. 

Cost is $20 for non-members, $10 for MCHS Members.

 

Stock the Shelves (age 11-14)

1/2 Day Sessions

Thursday, June 22, 9 am to 11:30 am

Based in the Pritzl General Store, this program will have you working on challenging hands-on exercises with taking inventory, filling orders, and shopping.

Cost is $20 for non-members, $10 for MCHS Members.

 

Pinecrest Apprentice (age 11-14)

Single Day Session

July 13, 10 am to 3 pm

Blacksmithing.  Woodworking. Printmaking and more.  Discover the roles of historic trades and occupations!

Cost is $40 for non-members, $20 for MCHS Members.

 

Discover Your Roots (age 11-14)

1/2 Day Session

Wednesday, June 28, 9 to 11:30 am

Discover your past by learning about your ancestors.  You will learn how to use different archival tools and explore genealogy.

Cost is $20 for non-members, $10 for MCHS Members.

 

Steam Powered Progress (ages 11-14)

1/2 Day Session

Wednesday, June 28, 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Ever wondered how a steam engine works?  Learn all about the science of steam power during this interactive camp!

Cost is $20 for non-members, $10 for MCHS Members.